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Singapore employees feel pressure of tech adoption in workplace: Randstad

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 14:23

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Singapore employees are feeling the pressure of technological adoption in the workplace, going by the latest quarterly report by recruitment services firm Randstad.

SINGAPORE employees are feeling the pressure of technological adoption in the workplace, going by the latest quarterly report by recruitment services firm Randstad.

More than three quarters (84 per cent) of local employees polled noted that the digitisation of the workplace has had a "major impact" on work, higher than the global average of 80 per cent.

According to the Randstad's Q1 2016 Workmonitor report released on Monday, 89 per cent of Singapore employees indicated a need for additional training to "be able to keep up with technological developments". This compares to a global average of 69 per cent.

"Singapore's high exposure to new digital processes and tools could be the underlying factor as to why respondents feel the increasing need for training," said the report.

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Despite the increased speed and connectivity that technology has offered to the workplace, respondents felt strongly that it has in fact distanced - not fostered - relationships between colleagues and external work contacts.

In terms of interactions with external work contacts, 79 per cent of Singapore employees polled felt that face-to-face interactions have dropped with the advent of technology, compared to 60 per cent globally.

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